After the Darkling's death Elizaveta stole his body from the sands of the Fold and left a facsimile in his place. She preserved it in hope that he might be resurrected. She believed that the Darkling was the true king of Ravka.
Elizaveta met the Darkling many times. The first time was when she was young. It was many years ago, when he had only just begun his service to the Ravkan kings. He knew that she had great power and he was drawn to that. She described him to Zoya as arrogant, idealistic, beautiful, and vain.